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The Arkansas Department of Health has sent out a warning to notify residents to avoid a portion of Bull Shoals reservoir after partially treated wastewater leaked into the lake from the Sugarloaf wastewater treatment plant.
The leak, which was discovered on April 26, is still active.
The Sugarloaf wastewater treatment plant is located near Bull Shoals Lake, just southeast of Diamond City. A fire at the treatment plant is said to be the cause of the leak. During, and following the fire, partially treated wastewater was discharged into the East Sugarloaf Creek area of the lake.
Authorities say that work on the plant is currently underway.
The Arkansas Department of Health recommends avoiding body contact with water in the area of Bull Shoals Lake, beginning at Nelson Cove on the East Sugarloaf Creek arm of the lake and downstream to the main channel of the lake.
This leak is not expected to affect drinking water.